Raphael M. ‘Ralph’ Kudela

Novem­ber 11, 2017

The Citizens' Voice - - Obituaries -

Raphael Martin “Ralph” Kudela, 81, of Mankato, Minn., died Satur­day, Nov. 11, 2017. A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at 11 a.m. Fri­day in All Saints Catholic Church, Madi­son Lake, Minn. Visi­ta­tion will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the church. In­ter­ment will be in Cal­vary Ceme­tery, Mankato, Minn.

Mankato Mor­tu­ary han­dled the ar­range­ments.

In lieu of flow­ers, memo­ri­als may be given to the Depart­ment of Special Ed­u­ca­tion at Min­nesota State Univer­sity-Mankato, the Amer­i­can Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion or All Saints Catholic Church, Madi­son Lake, Minn.

Ralph was born Nov. 2, 1936, in Wilkes-Barre. He was the son of Ru­dolph and Lud­milla Pod­skoch Kudela.

Ralph was a 1954 grad­u­ate of West Wy­oming High School, a 1958 grad­u­ate of King’s Col­lege in Wilkes-Barre, and re­ceived his master’s de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion in 1960 from Fair­field Univer­sity. He served in the U.S. Army Re­serves from 1960 un­til 1965.

Ralph taught sixth grade at Whit­ney Point Cen­tral School from 1961 to 1963. He was united in mar­riage to Mary Lou Gal­lagher on Aug. 22, 1964, in Cincin­na­tus, N.Y. Ralph then taught special ed­u­ca­tion el­e­men­tary classes at Wap­pingers Falls School in New York from 1965 to 1967. He earned his Ph,D. in ed­u­ca­tion psy­chol­ogy from the Univer­sity of Min­nesota in 1974. Ralph was a pro­fes­sor of special ed­u­ca­tion at Min­nesota State Univer­sity-Mankato from 1971 un­til 1999, when he re­tired as an emer­i­tus fac­ulty mem­ber. He served as pro­fes­sor and chair of the Special Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment at Min­nesota State, as well as con­sult­ing as ed­u­ca­tional psy­chol­o­gist for many area schools, in­clud­ing Waseca, El­len­dale, Lake Crys­tal and New Rich­land.

Ralph was a mem­ber of All Saints Catholic Church in Madi­son Lake, Minn., for more than 26 years. He also was a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, Mankato Elks Club, the Moose Lodge and the Amer­i­can Le­gion, as well as the Civ­i­tan or­ga­ni­za­tion. Ralph was a Boy Scout leader and led his son and friends on many ad­ven­tures at Camp Cayuna.

He was ded­i­cated to his pro­fes­sion, hav­ing a special em­pa­thy for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren and ad­vo­cat­ing for them and their fam­i­lies. He was beloved by his many stu­dents who ap­pre­ci­ated his wit and wis­dom. His classes were never dull. Ralph es­pe­cially en­joyed trav­el­ing, camp­ing, phi­los­o­phy, the­ol­ogy, comics and car­toons, lis­ten­ing to peo­ple, and most of all spend­ing time with his fam­ily. His stu­dents and fam­ily al­ways found him to be a teddy bear: gruff on the out­side but gen­tle and com­pas­sion­ate. Ralph’s fa­vorite com­ment was “Why not?” be­cause he al­ways saw pos­si­bil­i­ties and had a strong faith in God.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; an in­fant daugh­ter, Kirsten Mary; un­cles, Joseph, Martin, Daniel and Cle­ment Pod­skoch; in­laws, Thomas and Regina Gal­lagher; brother-in-law, Thomas Gal­lagher Jr.; and sis­ter-in-law, Mar­garet Hart­man.

Ralph is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife of 53 years, Mary Lou Kudela, Mankato, Minn.; three chil­dren, Ce­cile Kudela, Raphael (Sarah) Kudela Jr. and Kather­ine (Patrick) Hilt­ner; two grand­chil­dren, Eleanor Kudela and Robert Kudela; sis­ters, Em­i­lie (Bert Pro­haska) Kudela and Mary Jo (Casimer) Ostapovicz; broth­ers-in-law, Mark (Pa­tri­cia) Gal­lagher and John J. (Phyllis) Gal­lagher; sev­eral nieces and neph­ews; and a close friend, Ger­ald Sch­neck.

For in­for­ma­tion, visit www.mankato­mor­tu­ary.com.

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